Last year I made a Top Twenty list of my favorite projects announced in 2016. I visited the sites and tried to contextualize how the change would impact the area. It was a lot of fun. I plan to do this again for 2017, but I don't know if I'll be able to get to twenty. 2016 was an exceptional year for big announcements and projects.
Here was my list from 2016 with links to the blogs:
- Mixed use development at north west corner of Skinker and Delmar
- Everly on the Loop
- Chouteau's Grove
- 4101 Manchester
- 4400 Manchester
- Laclede Gas Pumping Station
- Curvy building on Tower Grove Avenue
- Pelican building on South Grand
- Jefferson Arms
- Chemical building
- River Des Peres Greenway Extension
- Ballpark Village (phase 2)
- St. Louis brewing scene expanding
- Better Family Life project on Page Avenue
- City Foundry
- Praxair site development in Lafayette Square
- Soulard mixed use building at Gravois and Russell
- SLU Dorms on Laclede
- 100 Kingshighway
- MLS stadium
Let's take a quick look at each project and where it stands a year later.
The following projects were completed:
Everly on the Loop
River Des Peres Greenway Extension
SLU Dorms on Laclede
The following are under construction:
The Pelican Building
St. Louis Brewing (I'll make this one a win even though there was some give and take)
Soulard project at Gravois and Russell
Curvy building on Tower Grove Avenue in Forest Park Southeast (although in it's earliest stages)
BPV Phase 2 (although in it's earliest stages)
The following have either stalled or not broken ground yet:
Skinker and Delmar Project in the Loop
Laclede Gas Pumping Station
Better Family Life 100 homes on Page Avenue
While projects take a long time to develop, 15% of my Top Twenty were completed in 2017 and another 40% are "under-construction". The brewing one is a bit complicated, as I was excited about Rockwell Brewing which didn't take off in 2017, and we are losing Modern Brewing to the suburbs. But, we gained Center Ice Brewing, a fantastic new space for Earthbound Brewing, 2nd Shift, Charleville, Wellspent Brewing Company soon to open and we had some great news about another local favorite expanding in 2018...more on that in my best of 2017 announcements.
I'll share some photos and thoughts on the completed or under construction projects from last year as well as make a new list of my favorite announcements of 2017 in a separate post.
Plenty to be optimistic about, and it's fun to make year end lists.